June 26, 2009 Playlist

"They Were Wrong, So We Drowned" by Liars (2004)
Liars  "They Were Wrong, So We Drowned"  2004 (USA)
If I was doing a radio show with a "best albums of the year" list back in 2004, this would have been a cinch for the #1 slot.  In fact I'd say it's probably one of the two or three best albums of this entire (musically unremarkable) decade.   The problem with our modern age is that most "new" music these days sounds like a retread of something from the past -- indeed, Liars first album (already a CAOTW) sounded a lot like Gang of Four, ESG, and the "punk funk" of the 1970's/1980's.  But on their second full length release, they thew away the style guides of the past and brewed up something truly original.  Drowned is a concept album about "witchcraft", featuring "songs" with very little form or melody.  At the time, critics went nuts and to this day you will often see this record rated online as a "two-and-a-half star / 6 out of 10" album.  Which just goes to prove "music critics" are, as a whole, the least intelligent form of human life on the planet.  The hipster scribe community seemed to come around for their third album however, the almost-as-weird Drum's Not Dead (#2 on the Kosmik Radiation Best of 2006 chart) -- on which the songs are still formless, and the drums carry the "melodies"!  Unfortunately, their fourth self-titled album from 2007 was significantly less adventurous or interesting than the first three -- here's hoping they re-write the rules again next time out.
Here's Liars live at The Knitting Factory doing a song from this album:  "Broken Witch".  And here's the uplifting ballad-like "The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack" from the Drum album, and finally "Houseclouds" is a catchy tune from their most recent release to date.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
Buddy Greco Let The Sunshine In / Everybody Gets To Go To The Moon Let The Sunshine In 1969 USA
The Association Come To Me Renaissance 1967 USA
Ides of March Wooden Ships (CSN & Jefferson Airplane) / Dharma For One (Jethro Tull) Vehicle 1970 USA
Frijid Pink Crying Shame Frijid Pink 1970 USA
Mahogany Rush Dear Music Strange Universe 1975 Canada
Billy Cobham Quadrant 4 Spectrum 1973 USA
Vanishing Kids Mother Earth split 7" with Street Pyramids (N) 2009 (Bright As Night) USA
Enough Static Our Addiction Bright As Night Records Presents The Bright Side And The Night Side (N - various artists compilation) 2008 (Bright As Night) USA
Street Pyramids Outside split 7" with Vanishing Kids (N) 2009 (Bright As Night) USA
Truman Peyote Fishscraps / Marinated Light Lightning 2009? (self release) USA
Psychedelic Horseshit Let's Run Away Golden Oldies (N - reissue compilation) rec. 2005-2006 (2009 Wasted Vinyl) USA
Psychedelic Horseshit Blah Blah Blah Golden Oldies (N - reissue compilation) rec. 2005-2006 (2009 Wasted Vinyl) USA
Meat Puppets Rotten Shame Sewn Together (N) 2009 (Megaforce) USA
Dinosaur jr I Don't Wanna Go There Farm (N) 2009 (Jagjaguwar) USA
Sonic Youth Anti-Orgasm The Eternal (N) 2009 (Matador) USA
Northern Something Beacons of Ancestorship (N) 2009 (Thrill Jockey) USA
Black Moth Super Rainbow The Sticky Eating Us (N) 2009 (Graveface) USA
Liars Broken Witch They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
2004 USA
Liars We Fenced Other Gardens With The Bones Of Our Own They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
2004 USA
Liars Grown Men Don't Fall In The River Just Like That Fins To Make Us More Fish-Like EP 2002 USA
Liars Houseclouds Liars 2007 USA
Styx Man Of Miracles Man Of Miracles 1974 USA
Rainbow Generator Rainbow Raga Dance Of The Spheres 1978 Australia
Electric Moog Orchestra Imperial Attack Music From Star Wars 1977 USA
Patrick Gleeson Star Wars Theme (Luke's Theme) Patrick Gleeson's Star Wars 1977 USA
Chimera Tricks Chimera 1974 USA
Santana Flame-Sky Welcome 1973 Mexicio/USA
Vangelis Sunny Earth
  / He-O
Earth 1973 Greece
BeBop Deluxe Sleep That Burns Sunburst Finish 1976 UK
Michael Jackson (RIP) Don't Stop Til You Get Enough Off The Wall 1979 USA
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